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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Paul McCartney answers fan's Christmas question

On his official website, a fan asked Paul McCartney, "The holiday season is here, what are some of your favourite family traditions?" Sir Paul answered, "A very Merry Christmas to you! We have many family traditions but favourites include cutting the veggie roast, decorating the tree and having the family all together."

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Monday, December 23, 2013
Debate: Does Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime suck?

Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime tops the newly published Worst Christmas Songs list on the Ultimate Classic Rock webite. But hold on, it's also No. 3 on thier list of the Top 10 Christmas Songs. Sounds like we have a holiday-themed Great Rock Debate on our hands! Two writers take sides and you can vote.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, December 20, 2013
Former George Harrison collaborator at heart of CD

Veteran musician Lon Van Eaton, who once recorded alongside George Harrison while he and his brother, Derrek, were signed to the Beatles' Apple Records label in the early '70s, has produced a 20-song holiday CD titled "Christmastime Has Come to Town."

Source: The Intelligencer
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Rock Rewind: John Lennon's Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

A Christmas song that has turned into a modern classic is John Lennon's Happy Xmas (War Is Over), first released in 1971. Lennon wrote it in 1969 at the height of his peace activism days, it references billboards sponsored by John and Yoko in 12 major cities reading "War Is Over! If you want it - Happy Christmas from John & Yoko".

Source: Mimo
Let It Be Christmas tells story through Beatles songs

The Epic Theatre Company is now presenting its sixth annual "Let It Be Christmas: The Gospel According to Matthew, Luke, John, Paul, George and Ringo" in Naperville, IL. This original rock opera tells the nativity story in a one-act play set to Beatles music, and features a live band, orchestra and gospel choir.

Source: The Naperville Sun, IL
Friday, December 13, 2013
Beatles Christmas celebrated in London on Sunday

The Christmas London Beatles Day takes place this Sunday at The Sherlock Holmes Hotel in London. There will be the usual top selection of Beatles dealers from all over the UK and beyond. Also featured will be Liverpool authors David Bedford, Kevin Roach and Eric Krasker. Music will be supplied by the very talented Fab Twins.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Celebrities sing Beatles songs at benefit for Toys for Tots

Everyone loves Christmas and everyone loves the Beatles. Why not put them together? On Saturday in Las Vegas, artists including Pia Zadora, Adrian Zmed, Paul Shortino, Skye D. Miles and the Desert Angels Childrens Choir will sing holiday and Beatles songs at the fifth annual benefit for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program.

Source: Las Vegas Review Journal
Thursday, December 12, 2013
10 Christmas songs Americans listening to most includes John Lennon

What are the most popular Christmas songs in America? A few years ago, Billboard created a chart exclusively devoted to Christmas songs. It measures the volume of people who've been exposed to the song on the radio. Number 10 on the Billboard 2013 Christmas list is John Lennon's Happy Xmas (War Is Over).

Source: Business Insider
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

50 Years of Beatles: Christmas time is here again

Between 1962 and 1970, the Beatles recorded one musical masterwork after another, amassing some 27 No. 1 hits in the US and the UK. Yet for today's listeners, the Fab Four's annual Christmas offerings, originally sent for free to fan club members, are all but forgotten, hidden within the shadows of their unprecedented pop music achievements.

Source: Penn State University
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Have a very Happy Crimble with the Fab Four

As the Beatles said, Christmastime is here again, and in this special time of year I'd like to share with you one of my most favorite holiday traditions. After being out of print for several years, the album of Beatles Christmas songs by the fabulous Beatles tribute band The Fab Four is now available on a CD with bonus tracks called Hark!

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Paul McCartney urges Vladimir Putin

Paul McCartney has put a letter online that he wrote to Vladimir Putin urging him to release who were arrested after a protest at an oil-drilling rig in September. McCartney hopes to have the "misunderstanding resolved".

Source: The Guardian, UK

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